Gassco to operate Johan Sverdrup gas line in North Sea

Norwegian state-owned Gassco reported it will take over operatorship of the 156-km natural gas transportation system from Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea when it becomes operational.

Norway’s parliamentary body the Storting approved the plan for development and operation of Johan Sverdrup on June 18.

The 18-in. pipeline, which extends from Johan Sverdrup field’s riser platform, will be tied into the Statpipe rich-gas system on the seabed west of Karmoy. That will allow its gas to flow to the Karsto process plant north of Stavanger.

The pipeline’s capacity will exceed the Johan Sverdrup’s own requirements, creating opportunities for additional gas exports from the Utsira High area, Gassco said. “This new link accordingly has great strategic importance for the Karsto facility,” the company said.

Johan Sverdrup is due to come on stream in December 2019, and is expected to produce for 50 years.

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